Theatrical: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE fantasy film (directed by Spike Jonze) - Reviewed by Tim David Raynor

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There's one in all of us.

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There's one in all of us.

Inside all of us is... hope.
Inside all of us is... fear.
Inside all of us is... adventure.
Inside all of us is a wild thing.

Young, mischievous Max is sent to bed without his supper, but when his bedroom turns into a magical jungle landscape filled with strange creatures, he embarks on a wild imaginary adventure.

(distributed by Warner Brothers)

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"Spike Jonze is just the visionary talent to nurture Maurice Sendak's tale of a boy who creates a fantasy world full of wild things that embody his own fears bout the real one."
—Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

"An arthouse masterpiece about the sorrows of growing up. A sensitive, beautiful masterpiece about the pain of being a bright, creative, lonely, troubled child. A brilliant masterpiece about the search for love, acceptance, stability and comfort."
—Devin Faraci (

"The spare, starlit desert/forest/ocean imagery of Sendak's drawings is lovingly, even painstakingly preserved, and just as lovingly and painstakingly sifted into the action so that it never draws attention to itself as an effect per se."
—Kent Jones (Film Comment)

Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy film directed by Spike Jonze. It is a live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. The film combines live action, suitmation, animatronics, and CGI.

According to Jonze, most of the film was shot with a handheld camera in order to complement the "evocative" "other-worldly" feel of the film. Jonze kept in close consultation with Sendak throughout the production, and the author approved creature designs created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Maurice Sendak said after having seen a completed cut of the film, "I've never seen a movie that looked or felt like this. And it's [Spike Jonze's] personal 'this.' And he's not afraid of himself. He's a real artist that lets it come through in the work. So he's touched me. He's touched me very much."

Where the Wild Things Are follows the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max (Max Records), who is angry when his mother, Connie (Catherine Keener), invites her boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) over. After he causes one mischievous antic after another, his mother tries to send him to his room. He ends up biting her and running away, feeling angry and unloved. He runs outside at night, through a fence until he stumbles upon a boat. He sails away to an island inhabited by seven imaginary monsters called the Wild Things, where they crown him as the ruler. Throughout Max's stay on the island, he and the wild things partake on an extraordinary adventure.

Cast includes:
* Max Records as Max
* Catherine Keener as Connie, Max's Mother
* Mark Ruffalo as Connie's boyfriend
* Forest Whitaker as Ira (voice)
* James Gandolfini as Carol (voice)
* Lauren Ambrose as KW (voice)
* Catherine O'Hara as Judith (voice)
* Michael Berry Jr. as The Bull (voice)
* Chris Cooper as Douglas (voice)
* Paul Dano as Alexander (voice)
* Steve Mouzakis as Mr. Elliott
* Angus Sampson as Marco (voice)

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EXCERPT: Directed by Spike Jonze, with production kickbacks from Tom Hanks, 2009's "Where the Wild Things Are" ends up holding its own as a film. It tells the story of a young boy named Max (Max Records, who is from my home town of Portland, Oregon.) who in the course of an evening gets into a fight with his mother (Catherine Keener), flees the home, and hides in the neighborhood woods. From there we are transported into Max's imagination as we take a boat ride to Monster Island. There Max meets with several fury, monster-like characters that come close to eating him, but instead accept him as King of the island.

Through Max's imaginary adventure he bonds with all his newfound friends and develops an even closer bond to Carol (James Gandolfini). Together, they play through one pointless adventure to the next, but uniquely tackle those questions of truth and acceptance all children have at a young age. In other words, the entire story feels a bit spontaneous, but it is a great representation of what possibly goes through the mind of a child. And where it takes us is straight to the heart, leaving us with a warm smile upon our face. Thus, this is probably the way a kid's movie should feel, especially in an era where children's films have become too mechanical and spoon-fed. It's actually nice to see a film from a kid's perspective that punches its messages with kid gloves, yet succeeds in driving the point home.

If you're anyone like me and don't remember much about the famous children's book, don't worry about it. The film stands on its own merits and is a wonderful two-hours of what it truly feels like to be a kid again. Granted, I don't feel it's the greatest kids' movie I've ever seen, but it is a big winner for having such a big heart. I would certainly recommend this one for the entire family.

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"A magnificent film that ranks among the year's very best." —(CBS TV)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language

Film Synopsis:
There's one in all of us.
Inside all of us is... hope.
Inside all of us is... fear.
Inside all of us is... adventure.
Inside all of us is a wild thing.

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world—a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Maurice Sendak's kiddie literature classic (1963) gets a live-action adaptation thanks to two of pop culture's most creative minds. Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich) collaborates with bestselling author Dave Eggers ("A Heartbreaking Work of Genius) on the script for this story about a young boy named Max who spends an evening in the company of monsters.